In July 2016, we launched our pilot RITH site at the Community Development Corporation housing site in City Heights, serving 40 students. We discovered an impactful model for mitigating summer slide and providing a much-needed space for learning. From this pilot, we spent the year developing a scaling plan to expand to four RITH locations. In August 2017, we concluded our second year of RITH, serving over 275 students with over 20 partners!
Students spend all school-year learning, but for many, learning stops during the summer months when they no longer have structured learning activities or safe places to engage with peers and adults. This phenomenon is called summer slide and it is most acute for low-income students who can lose an average of more than 2 months in reading achievement in the summer while their middle-income peers tend to make gains. By the end of 5th grade, these children can be nearly three grade levels behind their more affluent peers in reading. For this reason, creating summer learning opportunities can be a key element to closing this achievement gap and ensuring all kids maintain their learning and return to school right where they left off.
United Way of San Diego County's "Readers in the Heights" Literacy Camp Preps 300 City Heights Children for Back to School: Students Maintain, Improve Reading Scores by 84 Percent - “Happy. Excited. And confident!” are the words eight-year-old Zohal Najemeddine used to describe how she felt coming to United Way of San Diego County’s “Readers in the Heights” Literacy Summer Camp over the past month.. Read more >>>
United Way of San Diego County Calls for 400 Volunteers to Read and Interact with Students this Summer: Readers in the Heights Initiative in City Heights Expands Ten Times, Prevents Summer Slide Reading Loss - “Four weeks. Four sites. Four hundred students. Yes, United Way of San Diego County is going to need some help. In the second year of the “Readers in the Heights” initiative, helping students prevent summer slide and be active learners all summer long, United Way has expanded it from 40 students to 400 – 10 times its size from the inaugural year.. Read more >>>